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Thurs. Afternoon Rental Option – U Street

by Prince Of Petworth April 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm 15 Comments

This rental is located at 1515 U Street, NW:

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The Craigslist ad says:

“Huge open space in living area. Sun drenched apartment boasts an entire wall of windows, sleeping loft, harwood floors, fabulous bathroom! Top floor unit in vibrant U Street Corridor. Steps to restaurants, shops, night life. So close to the U Street/Cardozo green & yellow line metro. Open showing, Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 6:30 p.m., email [email protected] for any questions or to let us know you are planning to attend the showing. No pets.”

Well this is one of my favorite parts of the city but holy cow have prices gone up. I wanted to show this one because it is an interesting loft space. But the kitchen and other photos don’t really impress too much. Now as I said, obviously the location is terrific but does $2,195 a month sound reasonable for a apartment like this?

  • Sully

    no pets no way

    • Anonymous

      No pets is actually a plus for a lot of folks. After living under what sounds like a kennel, I’d consider paying extra for a pet-free building.

  • Seriously, screw application fees. Fifty bucks for the privilege to apply.

  • grumpy

    Speaking from personal experience, be careful about handing over a check to this agent. As for the apt/price, bad deal.

    • Anon

      Grumpy, I’d be interested to hear your experience. This agency just took over my building and so far I’m not happy. They’re not good about communication and last week they let a maintenance guy in my unit without any notice. I’m a pretty private person, so I called and warned them that’s a deal-breaker with me and they need to adhere to the lease, which calls for 24 hours notice for any non-emergency repairs. As it stands, I’ve been looking anyway.

      PoP: Maybe you could do a feature on good management companies versus those to avoid.

      • Anonymous

        I too had a crappy experience with that agency… They’re the worst with communication, had an awful time getting my deposit back, and couldn’t care less about maintaining the place.

  • jason

    i rented a large 2 bedroom 2 blocks away in DuPont for the price. No way!

  • Huge space but no square footage listed sounds suspect. I personally prefer an actual bedroom but if this studio is equivalent to the size of a 1 bedroom it might be reasonable… but ps it’s going to be super noisy. And no parking for that price strikes me as a BIT much. And that kitchen sucks – I would expect something more recently renovated/modern for that price.

    I used to pay 2500 for a 2 bed/2 bath right on U in the basement of a building, and that was a pretty good deal in my book.

    Will someone pay this price? Definitely. But I don’t think it’s worth it.

  • Tim

    I’ve partied in this apartment with a previous renter. It is awesome. For parties. Never really saw it during daylight hours. Seems pricey.

  • AA

    jeez… what a difference some time makes. I lived on New Hampshire and V in 2001 and I payed $750 for my crazy big efficiency. Now, development happens and look what the cat drags in…$2100!! I loved this area though, it was before the Ellington on U and all the businesses were (mostly) boarded up (and the McDonalds only offered “stand up” dining). Its also the area where I heard my first gun shots (ever!). I moved out after the Ellington was built because rent kept on creeping up.

    I hope that bodega still exists on 15th and U. They were the best, especially if I didn’t feel like schlepping it over to the Soviet safeway.

  • Cory

    I knew someone who lived there a few years back. It is a really big loft. Over 1000 sq.ft. I think. He rigged giant sails in the middle of the living space to cordon off a separate sleeping area/study. Unfortunatly, it looks as though the owner has gotten rid of the swedish style bath with claw foot tub. It was one of the coolest features. All that said – the finishes are dated and I think the landlord was not very attentive. bad deal.

  • Scott

    Seems like a cool spot but…… all of the above.

  • Moore

    Absolutely not worth the price. Though it’s possible some schmuck may pay it.

  • Sue

    Good lord, that’s overpriced. For that kind of money I would expect granite in the kitchen and marble (not bathfitters) in the bathroom.
    And seriously, they’re trying to rent a “sun drenched” apartment with poorly lit pictures taken at night?

  • L

    I, too, would appreciate a post on good and bad management companies in DC!


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